About Our Community
We have promised ourselves that we shall always treat our residents as we would our own loved ones. Nothing less than our best will do.
This is the promise that the staff at Emeritus at Harden Ranch – and throughout Brookdale Senior Living communities – has shared since 2004, when our community first opened its doors. It’s a simple promise to be compassionate and kind, understanding and respectful – a promise to become extended family to the seniors entrusted in our care and to our residents who have chosen our senior living community.
The Perfect Location
Emeritus at Harden Ranch is conveniently located just off N. Main Street, close to Route 101 and Route 1, the major highway that runs north-south along the California coast. The Northridge Shopping Center, just minutes from our community, offers many large stores – Macy’s, JCPenney, Wal-Mart, Marshals and Target – to name a few – as well as many terrific restaurants; Marie Callendar’s, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and Applebee’s are among our residents’ favorites. Several hospitals are also close by, including Salinas Valley Memorial, Natividad Medical Center and Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. And the Monterey Peninsula, with its many attractions, is an easy half-hour drive south.
The Northridge Shopping Center is literally three minutes from our community. Because it’s just around the corner, we’re able to take residents shopping and out to lunch every week. And each year, Salinas is the location for one of the biggest rodeos in the country – the California Rodeo Salinas. We never miss the week-long festivities, which include musical events, rodeos, parades, barbecues, cowboy poetry, fireworks, concerts, a carnival and much more. In addition, Monterey is just about 17 minutes south, making it easy for us to frequently visit the Monterey Aquarium, the Steinbeck Center and Monterey Beach. Residents especially enjoy strolling along the Monterey Fisherman’s Wharf, the best place to take in the sights, sounds and scents of Monterey. Neighboring Wharf 2 is the heart of the area’s thriving fishing industry, giving residents the opportunity to watch working trawlers unloading the catch of the day. Sea lions basking in the calm inner harbor waters, tours in glass bottom boats, whale watching, horse racing and deep-sea fishing make Monterey a top destination choice with our residents. The dramatic coastline of Carmel, just 20 minutes from Harden Ranch, have has been voted among the best beaches in the country. While the countryside is spectacular, Carmel is also a favorite with residents for its Bach concerts.
A Wonderful Selection
Our community includes 69 apartments – 35 studio, one bedroom and one bedroom premium suites for our assisted living residents and 34 studios in our memory care community. For our assisted living residents, we offer a wide variety of options to accommodate different budget needs, including larger apartments with additional walk-in closets, views of the mountains and patios. All apartments have large private baths with such safety features as a low-lipped shower with handles, seat and detachable shower head. They also include a kitchenette with small refrigerator, microwave, bar and cabinets; wall-to-wall carpeting; and individually controlled heat and air conditioning. Residents can also choose to live in a Friendship Suite, in which two residents share an apartment – the ideal option for residents looking for companionship or to save on rent. Our secured memory care community neighborhood is separate from our assisted living apartments. All 34 studios offer a large private bath with sink, toilet and cabinets; some include showers. For those who cannot shower on their own, we have a private bathroom with shower, where residents receive assistance from our caregivers. The memory care community also features two large living areas, two dining rooms, a private dining room and a large secured outdoor garden with many pathways.
Senior & Residential Assisted Living
Our assisted living residents have many areas within our community where they can get together for relaxation, socializing, playing games and attending special events. Our spacious living room on the first floor features a fireplace with large comfortable sofas and big plush chairs. Classical music or other favorite selections are always playing in the background, unless there is a structured activity going on. Our upstairs living room also has a fireplace, television and library off to one side. We have two large activities room – one that will accommodate family groups of up to 25, making it the perfect spot to enjoy Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner with family. Altogether, Harden Ranch has five outdoor patios with many walking paths. Our larger patios, which are furnished with wicker chairs, tables and umbrellas, are typically used for Mother’s Day brunches, Father’s Day barbecues and other special events. Our own beauty salon is open four days a week, providing hair styling services including permanents, as well as pedicures and manicures.
Strong, Caring Professional Relationships
Our residents have the security of knowing that several major hospitals, including Salinas Valley Memorial, Natividad Medical Center and Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, are close by. In addition, we bring in outside health care providers as needed to provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, home health and hospice care.
Several of our staff members have been with our community for more than 10 years, including three of our directors and many of our caregivers. All of our employees take their responsibilities very seriously and become closely involved in the lives of our residents. They see each resident as an individual and treat them with a great deal of dignity and respect. After all, the word Brookdale means to retire with dignity. They show honest concern and do whatever they need to make the individual feeling comfortable. For our 35 staff members, working at Harden Ranch isn’t just a job; it’s their calling – and with that calling comes sincere passion and compassion for the people we serve.
Our Community Lifestyle
A Wonderful Active Lifestyle
Emeritus at Harden Ranch is as close to home as you can get without being in your own home. In fact, many of our residents tell us how much they appreciate our warm, cozy atmosphere that they say “wraps its arms around them.” Our living rooms are furnished with large comfy sofas; don’t be surprised if you see someone napping! Big plush chairs are set up around our fireplace, while classical musical plays in the background. Outside, our spacious patio, with its wicker chairs, tables and umbrellas, is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor parties and social events. We also have a beautiful rose garden, where we hold family barbeques and where residents tend their own vegetable garden. In addition, we’re located in a lovely residential area with views of our beautifully landscaped neighborhood grounds with and mountains in the distance. From the way we have furnished our common areas to our loving, caring staff, we have done everything possible to make sure our community is easily accessible and that our residents feel right at home – we even welcome small pets to our family!
We have two full-time activities directors; one for assisted living and one for our memory care residents. All of our residents enjoy morning exercise programs designed to help build flexibility and muscle strength. For our assisted living residents, we host casino nights right here at the community, afternoon teas every Thursday and Happy Hour on Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we have sing-alongs led by a local guitarist, and, most days, our residents are able to participate in some kind of arts and crafts activity, as well as games. In addition, our assisted living residents often make sandwiches for our local soup kitchen. Activities for our memory care residents are designed to keep them stimulated and engaged. For example, recently they made bird feeders and decorated Christmas ornaments for local children. One of our memory care residents led a cooking class during which she taught other residents to make enchiladas. People who have memory impairments often get very few opportunities to socialize with one another, which can lead to depression. So we plan many social activities – dances, holiday and birthday parties, ice cream socials and musical performances – which helps prevent residents from isolating in their rooms. Some residents who had not been much for interacting with others when they lived on their own end up being our biggest partiers! We also have theme dinners for all of our residents; on Mother’s Day we prepared a fantastic champagne brunch, with eggs benedict, fruit and croissants with homemade jam. For Father’s Day, we had a traditional barbecue with ribs and all the fixings. We honor our residents on their birthdays, with balloons, music, cake and ice cream. The Fourth of July and Veteran’s Days are also a big deal here at Harden Ranch and are celebrated with great food and fanfare!
Partnering with the Local Neighborhood Community
We actively partner with an organization called CARE (Community Awareness Related to the Elderly) and provide a variety of speakers for CARE events. For example, we may have a physician talking about the Alzheimer’s disease process, or around the holidays, we might bring in a speaker to address taking care of the caregiver. We also work closely with the local Alzheimer’s Association and participate in its Memory Walk to raise money for the organization.
Our Dining Services Director provides three meals a day, and three snacks a day for all residents. We tend to serve “comfort food” – the kinds of meals that our residents remember from their younger years; hearty soups in the winter; chicken served with string beans, broccoli, creamed corn and scalloped potatoes; old-fashioned apple pie. Our Resident Food Counsel is very active in helping us plan our menus, letting us know what they like and don’t like or if they have special requests. What about special dietary needs? When a new assisted living or memory care resident moves in, we know in advance if he or she requires a more restrictive diet. We can accommodate virtually any special requirement, including residents with diabetes or food allergies. In fact, as part of welcoming new residents, we assign each person an “Angel” – one of our directors, who is responsible for looking out for that person. If the Angel notices that the resident isn’t eating right and losing weight, we will schedule a care conference with the family to discuss the situation and come up with a plan. Perhaps it is as simple as bringing the resident a hot breakfast to their rooms on occasion or making sure their refrigerators are stocked with their favorite finger foods. Our menus are closely coordinated with our nutritionist – an especially important consideration for memory care residents, who can’t tell us if they don’t like something. In addition, we are very sensitive to the special needs of our memory care residents. For example, because it is difficult for someone with a memory impairment to distinguish items of similar color from one another, we ensure that we present our meals on plates and table cloths in contrasting colors.
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